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Medical Imaging MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc:1 year FT, 2 yr PT/ PGDip:9 months FT, 2 yr PT
Entry requirements

Applicants with a physical science or engineering background:

  • Should have at least an upper second-class honours degree from a recognised institution, or a relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum postgraduate diploma or equivalent).
  • Candidates with a lower second-class honours degree or equivalent may be accepted onto the programme subject to interview.

Intercalating Medical students and applicants from the Biomedical Sciences:

  • Intercalating medical students at third or fourth year from the University of Manchester or other UK medical schools should normally have passed all course units at first attempt in the two years prior to intercalation.
  • Applicants with degrees in other biomedical sciences may be accepted on to the programme with at least an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.  
  • Acceptance will be subject to interview as the programme has a strong basis in mathematics and physics, and candidates will need to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for this material.
  • Applicants are required to have studied and passed mathematics or physics at least to a standard equivalent to English GCE A-level at grade B.  Please make clear in your application the highest level of mathematics or physics you have achieved.
  • Applicants with a background in Radiography are welcome, but should note that the programme deals with the science of Medical Imaging and does not provide advanced professional training in Radiography.  Such courses (some with a similar name to this one) are offered at other institutions.

In the case of non-UK applicants the institution certifying the advanced study must be recognised and approved by the University.

Relevant postgraduate study, research or professional experience may be accepted as qualification for entry, subject to interview.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Applicants are encouraged to make online applications by end of July 2015 .

Intercalating Medical Students should apply before 31 March 2015 .

Candidates may be required to attend for interview.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Medical imaging (imaging for healthcare and medical research) is of central importance in diagnosis, treatment monitoring and patient management. It is also a key tool in medical research; new discoveries in the understanding of normal physiological function and of disease processes continually arise out of imaging studies. It is becoming increasingly possible to relate imaging studies to genetic traits in individuals and populations. Novel imaging biomarkers of disease can enable more rapid and precise diagnosis and inform decision making in drug discovery programmes.

This Masters programme, comprising both a taught component (67%) and a research project (33%). It covers the basic science and technology behind the principal imaging modalities currently used in medicine and medical research, as well as advanced imaging methods, clinical and research applications, imaging biomarkers and computational methods.

Medical Imaging is an interdisciplinary topic, involving knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics, mathematics and computation. This programme is therefore suitable for students seeking to expand their disciplinary horizons and pursue a career in an image-related field in clinical medicine, medical research, or technological research or development. We welcome applications from:

  • Medical students seeking an intercalating qualification
  • Biomedical science graduates
  • Physical Science/Engineering graduates

We provide course units in Human Biology and Introductory Mathematics and Physics to bring students up to the required level in these topics.

Students following the programme will not only acquire a broad and detailed knowledge base on medical imaging, but will have the opportunity to develop important practical and transferrable skills in organising, summarising and communicating complex information that will form a valuable basis for a clinical or research career.

Manchester is an exciting location for Medical Imaging. It has research-dedicated imaging facilities at several hospital sites, an imaging and image computing research group with a strong international reputation, and a dedicated molecular imaging centre co-located with the Christie Hospital. These research groups are staffed by scientists conducting research in novel imaging and image analysis methods and clinicians who apply these methods in clinical practice. The research programmes include a Strategic Alliance with AstraZeneca at Alderley Edge, so that imaging advances can be rapidly applied to drug discovery.

Open days

See the University website for details of PG open days


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,000
    International students (per annum): £14,500
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Contact name
Reece Plunkett
+44 (0)161 306 5438
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